Pragati adds Baldwin VS Guardian PQV

100% print inspection boosts quality verification

Rajesh Nema Pragati Indore
Rajesh Nema, Pragati’s executive director, assigns important ‘areas of interest’ with the inline Guardian PQV 100% Print Inspection technology. Photo BVS

Pragati Graphics and Packaging in Indore, one of Central India’s most advanced packaging companies, has taken another large step forward in ensuring perfect print quality to its customers and brand owners. After positive results with the Baldwin Vision Systems’ Guardian OLP Offline Proofing & Inspection (that we covered in August 2020), Pragati increased its print quality capabilities by adding the inline Guardian PQV 100% print inspection.

Guardian PQV, which can inspect all types of materials and substrates, enables printers to eliminate every defect with a more efficient, accurate, data-connected workflow. The system provides unique ‘Object-Based Inspection’ throughout the entire printing process — enabling tighter tolerances and fewer false defects. Areas of interest on the printed substrate can be defined for enhanced or reduced levels of inspection.

Operators can easily spot errors and make adjustments in real-time, as well as manage defects throughout the entire process. Defect positions and images are recorded and can be accessed at multiple post-press processes.

BVS Guardian PQV
Guardian PQV 100% Inspection provides unique ‘Object-Based Inspection’ throughout the entire printing process—enabling tighter tolerances and fewer false defects. Photo BVS

Besides helping our operators find and remove even small defects quickly,” says Rajesh Nema, Pragati’s executive director, “the Guardian PQV system is also very powerful in helping monitor our processes to prevent defects from occurring in the first place.”

Nema continues, “We have been very happy with the increased productivity achieved after installing the OLP offline inspection system. After speaking about the performance of the inline Guardian PQV system with Shreedhar Labels, we saw the potential to improve our print quality and our productivity even more. We are now very pleased to see the benefits and efficiencies of connected communication between the two systems — offline and inline. We are the first company in India to use the two technologies in this way.” Shreedhar Labels, located in Ahmedabad, achieved a ‘zero rejection’ level of print quality, after installing India’s first Guardian PQV inline technology in February of 2021.

Raj Rana, Regional Sales manager for Baldwin Vision Systems, comments, “Pragati Graphics and Packaging is at the leading edge of delivering the highest print quality for their customers. Their eagerness to deploy the latest technology puts them in a good position to refine the efficiency of their operations and increase profits.”

Pragati Graphics and Packaging of Indore in central India is well known for delivering top print quality to many of the world’s largest brands and has a strong reputation as a pioneer in the introduction of new technologies to the Indian print market.

The Vision Systems business unit of Baldwin Technology Company, Inc. is a leading innovator of advanced color and inspection technology for the printing industry. Baldwin Vision Systems sells its automated control systems in more than 100 countries and maintains a worldwide network of sales and service operations.

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